Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Wii Wins in Present Stakes

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Wii Wins in Present Stakes

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I HAVE been Wii-ing incontinently since Christmas Day.

That is not a typo. As far as I know, my urinary tract is completely normal and the cause of my Wii-ing is entirely virtual.

Our daughter decided that her parents needed more exercise and asked Father Christmas to give us the entire suite of Wii Games--Sports, Fitness, Olympics, the whole damned lot.

If, like me, you are about 150 years of age, then in all probability you haven't the slightest idea what I'm talking about, so allow me to tell you the Wii thing is absolutely brilliant.

I urge you to find a relative or passing stranger with a flair for modern interactive games to explain it all to you.

You've probably seen it on the telly. Kids belt an imaginary tennis ball at animated opponents in front of the screen and return service with incredible authenticity.

How it all works is way beyond me but, like life itself, you don't have to understand it in order to enjoy it.

Despite being as computer literate as anyone older than about 10, I'm not usually excited by computer games.

I'm the proud owner, for example, of a computer golf program featuring a leading American golfer putting it about on a variety of courses, but I've never enjoyed playing it.

I've got an elderly flight simulation package that allows me to crash various aircraft types at some of the world's best airports. I've never broken so much as finger nail, but I've never really enjoyed it.

Wii is different.

I'm 70 years of age, for God's sake, but here I am, full of turkey and reasonably good chardonnay, moving effortlessly around the lounge room carpet.

I crack a great forehand down the line only to have to chase down a cross court return from one of those grunting Russian women.

My dog, snoring in the backhand court, is oblivious to the fact that I'm forty-love down and in danger of another straight sets defeat. …

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